This place should be closed down, the staff are extremely rude, arrogant and impolite, I have NEVER EVER seen anything like this before, the food was so average it was untrue
Went to zizzi (The one in leftbank springfields) 14th June 2008, Whether its because its new or not, we had one of the worst dining experiences of recent times. The staff were pure ignorant, we had to wait 35 minutes for a drink and no one seeemed to know what they were doing. I knew it was a chain so anticipated the worst, my thoughts were confirmed when the menu was so basic, all seemed cheap dishes. The starters were all bread, so my partner wasnt up to eating any. My main was so doughie I could have lived off the carbs for a month. For price you could go to Kroma etc and enjoy a much better meal. 2/10
Maybe my experience was untypical but I found Zizzi's disappointing.
My starter of bruschetta al pomodoro was fine but the main course of bistecca alla griglia was dreadful, to be frank. It came smothered in an unpleasant red pesto butter which spoiled the flavour of the beef and would have been far better served on the side, or at least formed into a pat on the top of the steak. As it was it had been spread across the beef in an unattractive sludge. The salad of rocket leaves and cold green beans was poor, too, being too liberally dusted with parmesan and so dry I had to dress it myself. The small portion of "Tuscan" potatoes was nondescript.
For dessert I had panettone pudding, which looked good idea but was spoiled by being cooked an served in a cast iron dish which, while it kept the contents hot, tended to infuse the contents with a slightly metallic flavour. Also, after a few mouthfuls the pudding became stodgy and was redeemed only by the cinnamon ice cream.
This is not somewhere I'll go again. Sadly Zizzi seems to be another of the formulaic "Italian" chain restaurants that claim a "love of Italian food" but cannot reproduce the qualities of a genuine Italian restaurant, run by genuine Italians with a real feel for their food. "Ask" is another in this bracket, as are "Felicini", "Est Est Est", "Strada" and "Bella Italia", although I have eaten at a "Bella Italia" in Durham and found it OK.
My favourite restaurant in the world, by far one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to. Wonderful food, and the service was excellent too. I particularly recommend the pizzas!
A wide range of thin-based pizzas in the same style as Pizza Express but with more variety. A number of good varied side dishes ensures something for everyone in a pleasant quiet atmosphere a few steps from bustling Deansgate.
Always a good place to visit.
This hidden gem - only just off Deansgate by the side of Kendals -offers a more varied and authentic Italian menu than many of the big chain pizzerias. We have been on several occasions and have never been disappointed, great food, attentive service, give it a try!!